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The Nature of Peace – The dynamics between post-conflict peacebuilding and environmental protection

The project is funded by the Research Council Formas

This project systematically analyzes the impacts that peacebuilding processes and environmental protection have on each other in post-conflict societies. Despite their severe consequences for nature, livelihoods and peace, these linkages are considerably under-researched. 

We examine two case studies, Colombia and Uganda, along five research questions:

  • To which extent are environmental concerns integrated or neglected in the peacebuilding process?
  • Which drivers can explain this level of integration or neglect?
  • What are the consequences for ecosystems, natural resources, and
  • for the livelihoods of local communities?
  • How do these consequences feed back into the peacebuilding process and its goal of sustainable peace?

Based on our results, we develop recommendations on how to better safeguard the environment and livelihoods in such a process.

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Researchers in the project

  • Fariborz Zelli, Associate professor
    E-post: fariborz [dot] zelli [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se
  • Torsten Krause, Lund University, LUCSUS
  • Josepha Wessels
  • Maria Andrea Nardi
  • Micael Runnström, Lund University, Dept of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science
  • Britta Sjöstedt, Lund University, Department of Law
  • Alejandro Fuentes, Raoul Wallenberg Institute, Lund
  • Sandra Valencia, Chalmers University Gothenburg